Central precocious puberty: evaluation by neuroimaging

Pediatr Radiol. 1995;25(1):7-11. doi: 10.1007/BF02020830.


To evaluate the incidence of abnormal intracranial findings in children with central precocious puberty, 62 children (51 girls, 11 boys) were examined by computerized tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. Forty-four had normal examinations; 18 (11 girls, 7 boys) showed intracranial pathologies, including hamartoma of the tuber cinereum (8 cases), parenchymal loss (3 cases), hypothalamic-chiasmatic lesions (2 cases), lesions of the corpus callosum (2 cases), suprasellar cyst (1 case), and pineal cyst and mesiotemporal sclerosis (1 case each). Based on the correlation between the clinical and the imaging results of this series, the authors recommend MRI as the imaging method of choice in the investigation of precocious puberty.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Diseases / complications*
  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hamartoma / complications
  • Hamartoma / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Puberty, Precocious / complications*
  • Puberty, Precocious / diagnosis*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Tuber Cinereum / diagnostic imaging
  • Tuber Cinereum / pathology